Charlene Haparimwi

Charlene Haparimwi

Chicago based freelance writer.

I've done freelance writing for HelloGiggles, Huffington Post, Seventeen & Hooligan Mag about intersectional feminism, fashion + beauty, and positive news stories. Email:

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I spoke to 20 women about how they've been practicing self-care in a stressful world

As feminist writer Audre Lorde taught us, self-care is a radical act of self love. And especially right now — with the current state of our country and the world — self-care is an incredibly important thing to be doing for yourself, in whatever way works best for you.

Beauty blogger Francheska Medina once said:

“The state of the world is one thing. The state of your world is another. It’s important to be mindful of both, or you won’t be of much service to either side.”
I spoke to 20 different women on Facebook about their self-care regimens.

I wanted to know what they do when the world becomes too much, and how their self-care practices impact their day to day lives.

As one of the interviewees, Loni Fancher, said, “Find your people! There’s strength and solace in numbers.”

I hope you find some strength here.

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This is the amazing story of how an African female chief saved 850 girls from child marriages

Chief Theresa Kachindamoto has truly progressed the women’s rights movement in Malawi, and as she has said herself, “I’m chief until I die.”...

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For black women, hair often holds a lot of meaning — here's how I ...

I wanted to embrace our natural culture and my natural hair. She loved my idea as well, and the most moving thing that happened that week was the fact that she cut my hair for me. My mother stood behind me at 11pm on a Thursday night, slowly snipping away at the last strands and years of our hard work.

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12 women of color rocking incredible alt beauty looks

I became interested in alternative beauty for women of color when I was in middle school. At the time, I didn’t have anyone to look up to besides the white female alternative musicians and actresses I loved. While I thought they were amazing, I always wished to find people who looked like me.

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I'm not in the pop-punk scene anymore, but the music will always ...

I was at a 90’s grunge party a few weeks ago for one of my closest friends’ 21st birthday. Everyone was laughing, talking, dancing and having a good time listening to Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains until somebody’s iPod playlist did the unthinkable and shuffled to the one song we could not hear at a party right then.

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How a haircut helped me fall in love with makeup

I recently cut my hair short, and while I love it, I wanted a way to feel more feminine. I decided it was time to experiment with makeup....

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How lipstick helps me embrace my favorite feature

My lips weren't always my favorite feature, but they are now – and lipstick helps me play them up more than ever....